Life before “artyfizz”…
Lynda has worked with children and created Art since her early teens.
While having her own son & daughter, she has been a registered childminder and a foster mother. You would always have found her home full of children with plenty of fun activities going on.
In 1982 Lynda and her family started an overseas journey that continued for 16 years as her husband took advantage of “interesting assignments”. This allowed Lynda to experience, absorb and study a wide range of cultural influences and art.
Firstly, immersed in Dubai, Lynda helped to start and taught in a school for handicapped children. During the 5 years there, Lynda subsequently taught in several nursery schools, she also started a long engagement with the Art of Silk Painting.
Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea was the next home, a radically different prospect. Although it wasn’t and isn’t the safest of places for a woman, art-wise it was fantastic. An abundance of exotic flora and fauna hosting a local population that takes colour to extremes when parading for festivities. Lynda made good use of the 2 1/2 years there learning to be a Potter, sharing a studio and kiln with local potters (her sculptures of local people are in homes and Embassies around the world); and, experiencing life in rural communities through working on charitable projects with several organizations.
The next challenge found the family moving to Jersey in the Channel Islands for 3 years. A lot colder, wetter and far less colourful! Here Lynda refocused on silk painting and also learnt the art of Batik. She exhibited here and started to sell her work again. Lynda also exploited an opportunity in Jersey to complete her NNEB (Nursery Nurse) diploma qualification, which had been stopped in her teens through ill health. Once again she was combining her love of children with her Art.
The following move was to wonderful Luxembourg where Lynda opened a studio again for teaching Silk painting and entered many shows and exhibitions. During 2 years there, she also helped to start the first english-speaking Baby Clinic for expatriates in Luxembourg.
Returning to hotter, tropical climates, Nassau in The Bahamas was home for the next 3 years. Lynda built her practice as an artist once again. Her work sold and still sells in the Bahamas and is to be found in offices, hotels, private homes and Embassies around the world. Her fondest claim to fame from that period is that Demi Moore bought one of her silk painted cushions and a few cards to frame, for her children’s bedrooms!!! Also, during her time here, Lynda helped out a local private school and, for two terms, was a primary school teacher as well as working on her Art. Lynda also worked as a volunteer counsellor at the Woman’s Crisis Centre, often creating Art for their health campaigns and the fight against Rape.
Lynda and her husband came back to the UK in 1998 for a few months rest with no real intention of staying… that was 14 years ago (at the time of writing)… somehow London got into their blood and they have stayed.
Since 1998, Lynda has worked as: an Outreach Art Tutor with refugees, homelees people, gypsies and one parent families and their children in Sutton; an emergency nursery nurse in nurseries and homes in Wandsworth, Tooting, Brixton, Tower Hamlets; a Doula, helping to deliver 50 babies and working with many new mum’s and their babies for the first two weeks of their lives. Then, egged on by her children, she applied to do a 5 year Part –time BA in Art and design at Wimbledon School of Art and was successful! During this time Lynda exhibited widely and also had her own studio.
Since graduating, Lynda has taken a keen interested in textiles and natural dyeing techniques, which has been especially inspired by the Australian textile artist India Flint.
Opening her own Art and Craft Studio with scope to host groups and to teach has always been one of Lynda’s ambitions and now she has achieved it. “artyfizz” was launched in April 2012.